Tag: Mitsubishi Lancer

JBL MS-8 Sound Processor Overview

THE BEGINNING:

2008+ Mitsubishi Lancer Rockford Fosgate Amplified Sound System Diagram

When someone says to me, “Come check out my awesome sound system!” Deep down I sigh to myself knowing that they will have two subwoofers in the trunk powered by a no name amplifier as well as a cheap head unit. Sure enough, it’s just bass… sloppy and inaccurate but loud bass. If only they knew what amazing sound lay just on the horizon. They can have loud, deep bass but obtain quality with their current setup. Where are the mids and highs? How about accurate, punchy bass? Does no one want that live concert, movie theater type sound? I bought a new 2008+ Mitsubishi Lancer and wanted to get the best possible sound from my factory amplified sound system, I had decided to hold off on an entire system until the vehicle was paid off. The JBL MS-8 was rumored to rock socks off, so I pulled the trigger and purchased one. It would integrate with my factory amplified navigation and sound system nicely. The system is made up of the following:

  • Navigation Headunit
  • 8-Channel DSP Amplifier
  • Front 6.5″ Component Speakers
  • Rear Coaxial Speakers
  • Trunk Mounted 10″ Subwoofer

INSTALLATION:

I had to do quite a bit of research before the installation of the MS-8 because I wanted to be absolutely sure I was cutting into the correct wires of my factory amplified sound system, which looked like rainbow spaghetti. If I had a basic, non-amplified or aftermarket sound system, the installation would have been very easy and straightforward. I used the hi-level input and output of the MS-8, which were two wiring harnesses. The clearly labeled harnesses made it easy to crimp all of the wires together once I had the colors figured out. I connected the MS-8 to the output side of the factory amplifier between the amp and speakers themselves, it would utilize it’s own high quality built-in amplifier from now on. Installation was slightly more difficult than a regular amplifier, but only because of the factory wiring.

CALIBRATION:

The included LCD display and bi-aural microphone are used for setup, calibration, and tuning of the MS-8. It can be mounted anywhere within the vehicle or simply used once and then unplugged and stored. I opted to store the display once I finished using it, however I connect it often to make adjustments to the 31-band EQ or the listening position. You must tell the MS-8 what speakers are connected to each channel, so make sure to write them down ahead of time. I then had to set the crossover points for each speaker and was delighted that I had this kind of control of my system. However, I had no idea what crossover points the factory system’s speakers were set at and Rockford Fosgate wouldn’t reveal that information to me, trust me I asked. This was a big pain in my side, but crucial to getting the best sound. The first x-over points I selected made the MS-8 sound awful and muddy, so keep that in mind if you are un-happy with the outcome, just re-calibrate with new x-over points. Finally, I donned the bi-aural microphone headset like a champion and started the sound calibrations. The measurements will take about 5 minutes to complete at which point the unit will calculate the frequency response, level and arrival time for each of the 8 output channels. Finally, it auto-tunes the car using 48 measurements per seat, up to 4 seats total (driver, passenger, two rear seats). Impressive isn’t it? Just make sure no one sees you during calibration. Looking in all directions with the headset on and the car making tons of awkward beeping noises will leave people wondering.

THE DEFINING MOMENT:
When completed, the MS-8 was ready to output the optimized tune from all of its calibrations. I was immediately impressed. I could no longer pinpoint the individual speakers in my car, all I knew was that the sound was coming from the front dashboard and all around me. More than just raising the center stage, the MS-8’s quality amplifier brought out the little nuances in my music that I was never able to hear before from the stock amplifier. Cymbals sounded like they were crashing, the bass drum was punchy and even vocals were more human and sibilant. I turned the calibrations off to revert back to the factory sound output and felt disgusted that I had ever thought it was good, at which point I immediately turned the MS-8 back on. Had I spent the same amount of money on just upgrading my speakers and radio, I would have better quality sound from the individual speakers but without time alignment and staging, it’s almost pointless. Now that I have the MS-8, adding upgraded components will be a breeze and they will sound significantly better with the additional calibrations.

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Upgrade the Audio in your 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer

Upgrade the Audio 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer

The Mitsubishi Lancer ranks in at number 2 of the most popular cars for today’s youth. With an affordable price, a racing pedigree, and a new cutting-edge look, it is easy to see why this car is among the best selling vehicles for Generation Y. One of the best things about the Mitsubishi Lancer is the look and the handling. Being the little brother to the Mitsubishi EVO, the Lancer has inherited an excellent sense of handling around corners. In this blog, we discuss some of the more popular audio upgrades that can be installed in the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer.

Upgrade the Stereo

The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer comes standard with a factory Double Din Radio. If you decided to upgrade to the premium audio package, then it will have a double DIN Rockford Fosgate stereo. When compared to other factory stereos, this is a great OEM radio. However, it does leave much to be desired for those that are looking for high-end audio or audiophile sound. To replace your factory stereo with an aftermarket one, use one of the following dash kits and wiring harnesses.

Manufacturer Dash Kit   Standard Wiring Harness   Premium Wiring Harness
Metra Electronics    Metra 99-7011         Metra 70-7005         Axxess MITO-02
Scosche  Scosche MI3019B         Scosche MI04B

Both of the dash kit listed above will allow for the installation of a single or double DIN stereo. With freedom to choose a single or double DIN, Mitsubishi owners are free to choose just about any Car Stereo they like. Also, any facotry Rockford Fosgate system will require the Axxess MITO-02 harness.

Upgrade your Speakers

While those stock Mitsubishi or Rockford Fosgate speakers might sound good, installing some aftermarket speakers will make your Mitsubishi Lancer sound great! The following speaker information from the Metra Online Vehicle Fitment Guide can be used to find the right pair of speakers for your Mitsubishi.

Location Size Depth
Front Speakers    6-1/2″    3″
Front Tweeters      1″    1″
Rear Speakers    6-1/2″    3″
Subwoofer     10″  4-3/4″

Speakers and subwoofers that fit the Mitsubishi Lancer:

Retain your Steering Wheel Controls

Upgrading the audio system does not mean losing any features. That means that the steering wheel controls will need to be retained and connected to the new stereo. Axxess has made it easy with an automatically programming interface. Use the Axxess ASWC to keep the convenience of these steering wheel controls and enable them to work with your new stereo.

Note: The Metra VFG was used to determine the vehicle speaker sizes in this blog. Due to different trims on cars, i recommend calling a Sonic Electronix rep to confirm that the speakers sizes and DIN sizes are compatible with your trim.

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Top 10 Most Popular Cars for Generation Y

Top Cars for Generation Y

The youth of America is growing up and starting to drive and they are learning to drive a little bit differently than the rest of American drivers. While the laws of the road are the same, the vehicles are completely different. Learning to drive with a domestic automobile is practically a thing of the past because America’s youth (and those buying the cars) are beginning to prefer foreign automakers.

According to the automotive site TrueCar, these young drivers are purchasing foreign cars. In fact, the top 10 cars purchased by those in the age range of 18-27 are all foreign. While the Ford Focus was in the top 10 cars list, not a single domestic car manufacturer made the top 10 brands list.

Aftermarket auto parts and electronics manufacturers can use this information to focus on making equipment specifically for the cars below. Those that already own one of these cars can be confident that they will always have a great selection of aftermarket products to install. For more information on what the speaker sizes are for these cars, visit the Sonic Electronix Speakers Fit Guide. Speakers are only the start of a long list of vehicle upgrades that could be made with these cars.

Top 10 Cars for Generation Y

  1. Scion tC ($18,995)
  2. Mitsubishi Lancer ($20,670)
  3. Honda Civic Si ($22,975)
  4. Toyota Yaris Sedan ($13,915)
  5. Ford Focus Coupe ($17,365)
  6. Scion xD ($15,830)
  7. Volkswagen GLI ($25,365)
  8. Subaru Impreza ($19,220)
  9. Kia Forte ($15,690)
  10. Toyota Corolla ($16,660)

Top 10 Brands for Generation Y

  1. Scion (21.2%)
  2. Mitsubishi (20.3%)
  3. Mazda (10.7%)
  4. Nissan (9.8%)
  5. Volkswagen (9.6%)
  6. Kia (9.1%)
  7. Hyundai (8.6%)
  8. Honda (8.0%)
  9. Toyota (7.6%)
  10. Subaru (7.3%)

Who are the Drivers of Generation Y?

The Generation Y drivers are the drivers of the future. They were born in 1982 and after. Sometimes Gen Y will be referred to as the Millennial Generation, Generation Next, Net Generation, or the Echo Boomers. Since these drivers are just starting to drive, they will be on the roads for the next 60, 70, or even 80 years. It is best to get used to driving with Generation Y because they are going to be on the road for a long time.

* Top 10 Cars shown with vehicle MSRP
** Top 10 Brands shown with percentage of buyers in Gen Y

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